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Prime Minister Sharon has come in for much criticism both here and in Israel by those who fault him for withdrawing the IDF from Palestinian controlled areas it entered in response to shootings emanating from there. They argue that remaining in those areas for an extended period of time is in Israel's best interests, but Mr. Sharon is nevertheless bowing to pressure from the Bush administration.
Whether the correct policy for rooting out the violence is to reoccupy Palestinian areas at this time for sustained periods, is not clear-cut. In terms of the immediate problem of the safety of Israeli citizens, an on-site IDF presence would always seem to be the more effective strategy. However, there are other longer term issues involving international support which may point to the wisdom of the current “in and out” approach as part of a policy of incremental escalation.
But there is another dimension to this with respect to which we believe that Prime Minster Sharon is right on target. While it is true that Israel has withdrawn from some Palestinian areas, it did not withdraw from all the areas it reoccupied. Rather, it set as an exit condition regarding each reoccupation that the shooting stop and its security demands met. But Israel pointedly did not set a timetable for withdrawals and ignored calls for an immediate withdrawal from all areas.
Thus, some Israeli analysts are saying that Israel has sent a message to Arafat's Palestinian Authority that it is prepared from now on to enter Palestinian areas whenever and wherever it deems necessary, regardless of what the rest of the world says.
And the Palestinians are worried plenty. According to a Reuters dispatch, the Palestinians are alarmed that Israeli forces have been able to maintain their positions for a week in defiance of world opinion. Palestinian political analyst Ghassan al-Khatib told Reuters that Israel's ability to enter Palestinian-ruled areas at will had set a precedent which threatened arrangements which took effect after the interim peace accords were signed in 1993.
After the Oslo accords, he said, the Palestinians took full control of territory known as Area A. They gained only civilian control in territory referred to as Area B, where the Israelis remained in charge of security. Areas under full Israeli control were designated Area C. “We're in a new situation. Israel is showing deliberately that it is getting in and getting out of Area A when it wants,” Khatib said. “Israel's action is changing Area A into Area B.” Khatib said this undermined the Palestinian Authority because it “can't act as a central authority in these areas…. In the beginning, the army made insignificant incursions and got out almost immediately. They then started to enter for longer periods. They have done this gradually, so that the world now swallows it.”
It's really as simple as A-B-C.
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Sources say seemingly irreconcilable differences between the 2 main parties, Washington and Tehran.
Instead of accepting reality, the President is trying to hold on to an illusion.
Those who suggest further capitulation to Iran are wrongly harming the interests of the West.
US Jews prefer to be like their non-Jewish liberal friends complaining about “settlements” and Bibi
New Israel Fund & its supporters must be countered; Israel’s in the midst of an unprecedented storm
PM Netanyahu this week identified ISIS and Iran as Israel’s primary threat. It is a planetary threat that carries the promise of peace.
Haym Solomon, overlooked hero of the Revolutionary War, was America’s “Funding Father.”
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There’s blood on the reporters’ hands AND New Israel Fund for funding groups feeding lies to the UN
Respect & appreciation for our country is not only a civic value but an essential Jewish one as well
When words lose meaning, the world becomes an Orwellian dystopia; a veritable Tower of Babel
Israel, like the non-radical Islamic world. will be happy see the ISIS beheaded for once.
Kids shouldn’t have “uninstructed” Internet access, better to train them how to use it responsibly
What if years from now, IS were to control substantial territory? What world havoc would that wreak?
Can adoption agencies limit the placement of children to heterosexual couples only?
It wasn’t too long ago that Mr. Erdogan, in his determination to burnish Turkey’s credentials as an Islamist state at the cost of the secularism that had brought much economic and political success to Turkey, upended his country’s decades-long cooperative relationship with Israel.
Does the pope really believe that Father Dehon’s destructive anti-Jewish calumnies do not disqualify him from the highest honor of the Catholic Church because in his time everyone did it?
There was something else of great importance in play – something we would have liked to see him take into account before deciding to stand with the boycotters.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
Beyond the particulars of this tragic death, however, we should all be concerned about the possibility that a criminal prosecution in a major American city is being driven by fear of mobs in the street.
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